West Pinnacle, Robe Mountain, and Basin Mountain Loop

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Berea College Forest

West Pinnacle, Robe Mountain, and Basin Mountain Loop is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Berea, Kentucky that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, rock climbing, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.1 miElevation gain1,689 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsRock climbingRunningForestViewsRockyScramble
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This trail is a heart pumper. Multiple areas with steep hills to climb and multiple uphill rock scrambles requiring 4 point hand and foot support especially as you get closer to Basin Mountain. There are multiple areas for rock climbing as well.

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Charlie Tackett
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Daniel Beard
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Alison Fent
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A little muddy in spots, but it was quiet out there and the short rock scrambles to Basin Mountain and West Pinnacle were fun.

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Bert Cooper
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Well marked trail. The hills will definitely work out your legs and lungs.

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J Thomas
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If you bring a dog and wanna do the loop, be sure you, or your group, can hoist it up unavoidable 4-5 foot boulders at a 60 degree incline

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Mark Berman
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Quite challenging but worth it

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Zun Yi Lim
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kylen peck
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hike was good, no view at the top though. Not as much bouldering as I expected...

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Matthew McCann
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It was awesome!! Will definitely be back. Great sites. But be prepared!

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Brianna Prewitt
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Matthew Atkinson
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RunningGreat!

This has got to be my #1 trail so far. It was hardcore tho so be prepared. I think one of my favorite things about this trail was it was never boring. One minute your hiking thru the woods the next your climbing up some giant rock to get to the rest of the trail. Plus the views were pretty great too. Definitely will be coming back

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Tom G
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the previous reviews did a good job of summing up this trail; a lot of incline and a little bit of bouldering / technical climbing. I'd make sure to do the western/eastern loop part, dont just skip it. In that portion you really have to pull yourself up to keep going. I'm glad I didn't bring my dog as I'd have had a trouble pulling him up some of the steeper parts, but it's not impossible, especially if you a) had a smaller dog or b) had a 2nd person to pass a dog between you. I tracked the hike at 1hr:47mins over 7.35 miles with a 5 min turn around

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Dustin Prall
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Great hike! I did it yesterday and wandered a little bit, but it was 8.2 miles at the end of my hike. It’s got some spots that I’d imagine could be difficult for someone who doesn’t hike often, especially if you take a left down sacred shadow trail. At the bend of ss trail, there are great opportunities for beginning climbers to boulder. ~20 foot tall rocks to mess around with. A few parts of the hike require you pretty much to go all fours and move up steep and narrow pathways on rock. It was one of my favorite hikes of the summer.

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Frank Hatten III
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Marco Calderõn
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It's a great trail if you want a challenge. view wise, not much to look at once you hit the end.

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Jon Gilbert
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My first time hiking the pinnacles, trials were maintained and well marked. Fun hike but not an easy one!!

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Gabby Thornhill
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For the pinnacles, this route has to be the most extreme in my opinion. lots of climbing up rocks and steep hills. Shaded and wooded, this trail is long, scenic and quiet. Lots of fallen trees so make sure you have good shoes, and a walking stick if that’s something you prefer. Got my workout in forsure, I plan to come back.

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Dillon Bissell
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Good for trail running or casual hiking. Will be disappointing for avid hikers who are expecting this to be hard as it is rated on the app. Only a few hundred feet of elevation gain right up front and then you’re essentially traversing the ridge to get to various viewpoints on the pinnacles. Surprisingly nice visitors center at the base with plenty of parking. Go inside for a trail map if you need one.

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larry carter
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Justin Cunningham
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Ignore the West and East Pinnacle portion. The Basin Mtn. took most of the time and it was wonderful! Head toward Buzzards Rest and take the sign for Kelly's "required fun". Excellent hike.

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Derek Baker
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Incredible vistas for a quick day hike.

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Johnny King
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of all the trails in the indian fort theater area, this one is by far the most challenging.

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Blinding Speed
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Absolutely loved this trail. Gorgeous views and exciting hike - Sometimes felt more like climbing than hiking! Will definitely return.

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Kevin Degler
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This is a very nice trail that is well marked. My wife and I didn’t think it was very hard. Just a short drive from Lexington.

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Chelsey Keeney
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Leads you to a very peaceful place. Pack lunch!

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Scott Birdwhistell
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** I didn't do the West Pinnacle part of the trail. Just went up to the top towards Indian Fort Lookout and then diverted off to Robe and Basin Mountains. Decent hike. No good overlook views though. Almost had a good view at the end, on Basin Mountain, but it wasn't quite the payoff that I hoped for. The views from East Pinnacle are much, much better. The one cool part about this trail was climbing up the middle of the rock facing.

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Katie Strayer
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